Association of a Haplotype (196Phe/532Ser) in the Interleukin-1-Receptor-Associated Kinase (IRAK1) Gene With Low Radial Bone Mineral Density in Two Independent Populations


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Osteoporosis, a multifactorial common disease, is believed to result from the interplay of multiple environmental and genetic determinants, including factors that regulate bone mineral density. Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is one of the most potent bone-resorbing factors, and interleukin-1-associated kinase 1 (IRAK1) is an essential effector of the IL-1 receptor signaling cascade. In genetic studies of two independent populations of postmenopausal women (cohort A: 220 individuals and cohort T: 126 individuals) from separated geographical regions of Japan, we found that radial bone mineral density levels had similar associations with IRAK1 genotypes in both populations. Two amino acid-substituting variations in the gene, encoding Phe196Ser and Ser532Leu, were in complete linkage disequilibrium (D′ = 1.0000, r2 = 1.0000, χ2 = 192.000, p = 1.2 × 10−43), and we found two exclusive haplotypes (196F/532S, frequency 0.74; 196S/532L, frequency 0.26) of the IRAK1 gene among our test subjects. In both populations, a significant association with decreased radial bone mineral density was identified with haplotype 196F/532S (in cohort A: r = 0.21, p = 0.0017; in cohort T: r = 0.23, p = 0.011). Radial bone mineral density was lowest among 196F/532S homozygotes, highest among 196S/532L homozygotes, and intermediate among heterozygotes. Accelerated bone loss also correlated with the 196F/532S haplotype in a 5-year follow-up. These results suggest that variation of IRAK1 may be an important determinant of postmenopausal osteoporosis, in part through the mechanism of accelerated postmenopausal bone loss.